BLOGWORDS – Thursday 23 February 2017 – CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – ROBIN BAYNE
CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – ROBIN BAYNE
“Robin Bayne. . . . . Writing with faith and hope. . . . about love”
“Robin is the author of Christian and “sweet” romance”
rem: Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
ROBIN: I’m from Harford County, Maryland, and live only one county away from that now. It’s the “burbs” of Baltimore City, and I currently work my day-job there.
rem: I’ve been to Rockville, MD (I think it was Rockville…) but never to Baltimore—but I used Baltimore in my second novel! Tell us three things about yourself.
ROBIN: Hmm, three things. In 2001 I won a P.T. Cruiser at a mortgage banking convention in Hawaii. (And acckk, yes, you have to pay a lot of taxes when that happens.) I’ve been married to my hubby for 26 years and we have worked together for most of that time. Oh, and I like to write long-hand to get the words flowing.
rem: I’m funny with typing VS long-hand—for stories I have to beon the computer, but to write poems or letters for my stories, it’s gotta be long-hand. Coffee or tea? Sweet or un? Flavored or not?
ROBIN: Coffee in the morning, usually “Chocolate Glazed Donut” flavor from my Keurig. Tea in the afternoon, herbal. One of my favorites is Pear, another is Sleepy Time Vanilla.
rem: Oh, that Pear tea sounds lovely. What is your favourite quotation and why?
ROBIN: “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they go by.” –Douglas Adams. Love this because it can apply to my day-job and writing commitments. And I think I’ve actually heard that whoosh before!
rem: PAHAHAHAH!!! I “feel ya” on that one! What do you do as a hobby?
ROBIN: Recently I’ve taken up golf, to have a sport to enjoy with my husband. I am not very good at it, though, and I haven’t started keeping score yet. But I really do enjoy going out on the course and trying to hit that irritating little white ball.
rem: Never did get into golf, but I wouldn’t mind wandering the golf course—I love to be outdoors. Do you use sarcasm?
ROBIN: Who me? Nah. LOL
rem: Exactly. Favorite season? Why?
ROBIN: I love the fall. I love the cooling temperatures, the start of the holiday season, and the pumpkin-everything.
rem: Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?
ROBIN: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also—Matthew 6:21. I discovered this verse when looked up my “birth verse,” my birthday is June 21st so the website gave me this one. I really think it says a lot if you think about it.
rem: Good verse, and good reminder. What is your favorite bird and why?
ROBIN: My namesake, if I have to pick just one J
rem: Good choice, I agree. Do you like to fly? What’s the furthest you’ve ever flown?
ROBIN: We used to fly often, furthest trip was to Hawaii. The last trip was to Las Vegas, and we flew home exactly 24 hours prior to the 9/11 attacks.
rem: Gasp! How crazy for you to watch the towers come down! When is your birthday?
ROBIN: June 21—first day of summer and longest day of the year.
rem: And the more day to celebrate with! 😉 What is your favourite birthday memory? All-time favorite birthday gift?
ROBIN: When I was little my dad assembled this piece of outdoor play equipment that sat 2 kids and went round and round when you pushed and pulled the handles. We called it a Whirlie-Bird. My sister and I spent a lot of time getting dizzy on that. Good times.
rem: I remember those! And I loved ‘em! What do you think is significant about Christian fiction? How has being a novelist impacted your relationship with Christ?
ROBIN: It has not really impacted it, but writing Christian fiction definitely supports it.
rem: When ya writes what ya writes, ya just writes, right? When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?
ROBIN: Something too convenient, just unbelievable. It can throw me right out of the story. Truth is stranger than fiction…. Not the other way around.
rem: Good answer, and I so agree with you! Which is more important: plot or characters?
ROBIN: They are both such important elements! You need great characters acting out a great story…if one or the other is missing, the story will fail.
rem: I totally agree! What would you do if you weren’t writing?
ROBIN: I’d read even more, and get out on the golf course more. A round of golf can take over 4 hours, not to mention drive time to and from.
rem: What are you reading right now?
ROBIN: I am reading an inspirational Amish romance manuscript for my critique partner.
rem: What do you munch on while you write?
ROBIN: I try not to, but I love a cold Diet Pepsi on my desk.
rem: Tell us a little about your writing journey.
ROBIN: I’ve dabbled in writing my entire life, but didn’t get serious until I graduated from college. This was in my 30’s, as I went to school on weekends while working full time in the mortgage industry. Once I was finished I took what was my study time and began writing fiction.
rem: You write both fiction and devotionals. Which came first? Which do you like better?
ROBIN: I actually started with poetry, moved on to short stories and once I discovered how much I enjoyed reading romance novels, I started writing them. I still write some devotionals, and short anecdotal stories (like in “Chicken Soup for the Soul”).
rem: Oh! Poetry! We should do a post o’ poems sometime—I was quite prolific with poems for a few years! Which is easier to write, fiction or devotionals? Why?
ROBIN: Well they are like apples and oranges. Fiction is never easy, but devotionals are difficult sometimes because you want to have that special “uh huh” moment at the end. Sometimes it’s harder to write shorter.
rem: Brevity isn’t even in my vocabulary…. Do you have a primary focus or theme for your devotionals?
ROBIN: No specific theme, if I have an idea for one I will look for a verse to go with it. Sometimes I plan one based on the subject matter of the collection I am submitting to.
rem: What is your Writing Routine? Where do you write: In a cave, a coffeehouse, or a cozy nook?
ROBIN: Either at my desk, or if writing long-hand I will curl up on the sofa. I don’t listen to music or anything that might distract me, but a quiet news show or tv golf in the background is helpful. I call it “white noise.”
rem: What makes you struggle as an author? How do you handle it?
ROBIN: Just finding time to do it all–balancing the day job, housework, time with hubby. And then there’s the marketing tasks…..
rem: So many plates [to juggle], so few hands… Do you prefer the creating or editing aspect of writing? Why?
ROBIN: I enjoy creating a story and editing my work later. When official edits come in from my publisher, it’s not as fun. It’s more like work then.
rem: LOL For me, they merge together and as an Indie, I don’t have “those” edits to contend with. 😉 What do you enjoy most about being a writer?
ROBIN: As many writers say, the best part is “having written.” Once a story is complete and polished I feel great. (That is, until the editor’s notes come in, LOL.)
rem: It’s still surreal to me I’ve written one—let alone three—novels! (and almost done with #4!) What are your top 3 recommendations for a new writer? What 3 things would recommend not doing?
ROBIN: Read as much as possible, in lots of genres. Get a critique partner or join an online group—writers always need a second set of eyes. And always let your work sit for a while before submitting it—you will be amazed what you pick up on after the piece “cools” a bit.
What not to do? Submit your first draft. Be upset when you start getting rejection letters. Be envious of other writers—their success does not hurt you at all. Quit writing. (Keep at it!)
rem: Great points! Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?
ROBIN: I have no idea… they just happen. Sometimes when I’m pulling weeds or doing dishes.
rem: That’s where the best ideas come from, right? The mysterious “out of nowhere.” How do you choose your characters’ names? .
ROBIN: No way to explain that either. Each character has a face in my mind, and the names just seem to match their personality
rem: Kinda that way for me too! Do you think of the entire story before you start writing?
ROBIN: No, I am a “pant-ster,” meaning I don’t plot and outline ahead of time. I do often have the ending in mine, then the story is the journey leading up to that final scene.
rem: Hey! That sounds exactly like me! Tell us a little about your latest book? What is your current project?
ROBIN: It’s the setting that came first with this story. If you want to virtually visit the actual inn that inspired my story…. www.lambandlion.com
My husband and I stayed there many years ago and had a wonderful time. The innkeeper helped him set up a candlelight bath for me…our room had a fireplace, sunken tub and a private deck. The whole experience was romantic.
Currently, I am working on a Christmas novella set in Fells Point, a touristy spot of Baltimore.
rem: What is YOUR favorite part about the book or why do you love this book? Why should we read it?
ROBIN: My favorite part of “Reunion At Crane Lake” is the end…. But I don’t want to spoil it. If you enjoy short, contemporary, “clean” second-chance romance set at a charming inn….you might like this story.
rem: Sounds lovely! (great teaser by the way… )Please give us the first page of the book.
Colton Reece propped his weathered boot on the gray boulder marking the driveway. This was the place. He shut his eyes, feeling the warm breeze flick the ends of his hair, and drew a breath deep enough to drag in the smell of the flowers growing around the rock, whatever they were called. It was just as his grandmother had told him. He’d been here before.
He looked around, lowering his gaze to the uncut lawn surrounding the inn. An uneven carpet, the bald, earthy patches emphasized why he was here. This grass could be brought back with a little care. This was land he needed to own, land that needed him.
It felt like home.
It had been home.
And thanks to God’s grace, now he could remember.
Eyeing the auction sign swaying with the wind, Colt straightened, stretching. Getting this place back in shape wouldn’t be easy, but the lack of prospective bidders standing on the lawn was a good sign so far. Turning them away wouldn’t be pleasant, but there was no need for an auction now that he was back.
To think he’d nearly missed today, nearly let the place slip from him, to go to the highest bidder with a cold cash deposit. Colt rubbed his jaw, his fingers pushing his taut cheeks in circles, striving to ease the tension. He needed to walk.
rem: Goodness, Robin, I was there with him! He’s gotta get it back, he’s just gotta! What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?
ROBIN: Maybe that forgiveness and second chances can lead to happiness.
rem: Indeed they do. Robin, thank you so much for chatting with us on my blog today!
ROBIN: Thank you for having me! I’ve enjoyed our talk.
rem: Me too, come again anytime. Where can we find you online?
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